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Guss Teicholz, J. (2019). Camus’ Absurdity and Psychoanalysis: A Return to “The Stranger” upon Reading Haber’s “Intimate Strangers”. Psychoanal. Self. Cxt., 14(4):367-375.

(2019). Psychoanalysis, Self, and Context, 14(4):367-375


Camus’ Absurdity and Psychoanalysis: A Return to “The Stranger” upon Reading Haber’s “Intimate Strangers”

Judith Guss Teicholz, ED.D.

I begin with a not so empathic inquiry into Camus’ fictional character Mersault, examining the extent to which I think it is primarily the character’s Absurdist (and therefore amoral) philosophy that moves him to take another man’s life, or whether Mersault’s actions could also be understood in terms of a history of personal trauma and loss even though not spelled out in the novel itself. I then discuss the paper “Intimate Strangers” (published in this issue of the journal), the reading of which is what sent me back in 2019 to reconsider the 1942 Camus novel. I end with some thoughts about the relationship between Kohut’s theory and Absurdist philosophy plus some general musings about psychoanalysis, Camus and Mersault.

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